Muskies drop season opener
Athletics - posted on 11/15/2010
A newcomer provided an offensive spark, but turnovers cost the Lakeland College women's basketball team as it fell to Carroll University, 69-62, on Monday night.
Junior forward Mallory Magee, a transfer from Highland Community College, led Lakeland with 17 points. Two other Muskies finished in double figures, junior guard Erin Cepa and senior guard Chelsea Coenen. Cepa finished with 11 points, including hitting 3-for-5 from three-point range, and Coenen added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Muskies led 38-31 at the half thanks to 53 percent shooting from the field including 60 percent from three and a defensive effort that held the Pioneers to 45 percent shooting. The second half was a different story as the Muskies shot just 32 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc. Carroll shot 59 percent from the field in the second half.
For the game, Lakeland shot 44 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. Carroll shot 52 percent from the field and 60 percent from three.
Carroll shot 33 free throws which led to 22 points. The Muskies managed just 10 free throws, converting seven. The 15-point differential at the charity stripe was one of the differences in the game. Carroll's Janelle Groer and Lyndsey Sweewald each scored a game-high 23 points and Groer added six rebounds to lead the Pioneers.
Despite some good individual performances, head coach Teri Johnson wasn't happy with the team's performance on either end of the court.
"We didn't capitalize on our game-plan at all," said Johnson. "We wanted to keep it out of Groer's hands and limit her shots, but she took over the game in the end. We stressed taking care of the ball all week and the lack of control cost us 21 points tonight. It gave them more possessions and forced us to work harder on the defensive end. Some players shot the ball well, but collectively we need to handle the ball better."
Lakeland returns to action Friday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. as it hosts Augustana College in game one of the 10th annual "Play With Grace" tip-off tournament.
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